I’m back from Alaska early and thought I would drop you a line. Our arrival in the Ruth Gorge was a bit too early. Too much snow everywhere and no ice at all . . .We used the Jetboil quite a bit in confined bivouac spots. We were never disappointed, left high and dry without a drink or had to go hungry because we didn’t have hot water for our food packages. The Jetboil’s performance was exceptional and consistently reliable. I’ve been using the Stormy hanging stove set-up for thirteen years now and brought it along on this trip also, just to compare its performance with that of the Jetboil and here is what I discovered: The Jetboil is far more compact, efficient, easier to use and lighter than the Stormy or any other stove I have used. For the amount of time it took us to melt snow and get two liters of water to the boiling point using the Stormy, we got 3.5 liters of water using less fuel with the Jetboil. Pretty impressive.
First off I would like to say thank you. Your product is amazing and I really enjoy showing up MSR stoves on the trail. I have been backpacking for eight years and this is the first product that seems to be completely tailored for efficiency on the trail.
Lloyd DuValLast Sunday, I took my new Jetboil stove along in my day pack, snowshoeing on fresh snow up to just below tree line (11,350 feet, SW Pikes Peak) where I brewed some coffee for our lunch break before returning to the TH. I poured in just a cup of water and filled the rest of the liter cooking cup with snow. The piezo electric igniter worked like a charm, and it boiled a little more than 2 cups in less than 3 minutes while set out in the open in a 5-10 wind!
Wildlife research in Alaska
Nicole and I were dropped off on the Utukok River in the western Brooks Range: this area is accessible only by airplane. Our time was spent backpacking in the area over terrain ranging from mountains and ridge tops to valleys filled with endless knee-high tussocks. Wildlife we encountered included the Bluethroat (an Asian thrush) and Bar-tailed Godwit as well as marmots, caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines, and wolves. Alaska truly is one of the last areas of wilderness in the world, and the area we were in was no exception. With this degree of remoteness, high-quality gear that we could rely on was critical. The Jetboil equipment that we had met this challenge head-on and worked wonders for us. First of all, the stove was extremely lightweight and efficient, especially when compared to other stoves (canister and white gas stoves included). Second, the stove worked extremely well in the variety of weather conditions that we experienced, including very windy weather in which we had no choice but to cook in the open. Furthermore, we have found that using the Jetboil is very useful in our daily lives living in our cabin with no running water as well. The stove is more efficient than our propane stove/oven at heating water and general overall cooking. As a whole, we are extremely happy with how the Jetboil stove and cook set performed during our work in the Brooks Range of Alaska and have already recommended Jetboil to many of our friends and colleagues. We will definitely continue to depend on Jetboil for our future adventures (as well as in our daily lives) in this great state as well. Thanks for your support, Jeff Wells and Nicole Torre